Teachers of tomorrow junior achievement
by Payal shah, '17
Ms.Bhanot, the guidance counselor of Teachers for Tomorrow, gave us an insight on what this program is all about. She says,“Junior Achievement is an organization that provides support for students in various schools that gives the tools and resources for students in our SLC to know what it's like to be a teacher”. For instance, an individual who wants to pursue a medical career usually obtains experience working in doctor's offices as an intern, and in Hillcrest, students have a chance to work in a teacher's environment through Junior Achievement.
The great thing about this program is that there is no academic requirements to be accepted. Students who want to be a part of this program is expected to have a mature mindset. Currently, 125 students are involved with this program, provided with the opportunity to experience hand on activities. .On December 9th, students were given their first task to go to PS.86 and teach a class of elementary kids.
Furthermore, Ms. Miller, the Director of Teachers of Tomorrow had quite a few words to describe this incredible program and what it takes. When asked about the expectation of these students, she comments, “These students must be mature, and have an open mind, they don’t necessary have to want be a teacher, they have to have willingness to take a challenge”. The teachers are hoping that the students will feel pride in the fact that they are able to connect with the younger generation and be able to stand and talk in front of a class of students for eight hours. Students have come back with a gratifying feeling of being able to work with these young kids.
This program is not only limited to the students who want to pursue a career on teaching. Many students who are thinking of pursuing a career in a different field are often interested in this program. Ms. Bhanot uses students such as Manjari Parikh and Pranita Talukdar as an example who were involved in this program but were looking forward to a career other than teaching. Ms.Bhanot mentions students such as Manjari Parikh and Pranita Talukder, who have participated in Junior Achievement but wanted to pursue other fields. When we interviewed Pranita Talukder she stated “ It was fun working with the kids and I also had a great experience. At first, it was not easy. I had to be really patient and calm to handle the kids but overall it was great. I got an opportunity to teach the kids as well as taught a lot to myself too”
Junior Achievement is not only a program for our students to gain experience for themselves, but also allows them to give back to the community and have a positive impact on the next generation. Students from any SLC can be a part of this program, so seize this opportunity while you have the chance.